Sally Forrest, 86, an actress-dancer who graced the silver screen in the 1940s and '50s in MGM musicals and films such as the 1956 noir

While the City Sleeps,

died March 15 at her Beverly Hills home. She had long battled cancer. Her publicist, Judith Goffin, announced the news Thursday.

Ms. Forrest became a protégé of Hollywood trailblazer Ida Lupino, who cast her in starring roles in films including the critical and commercial success Not Wanted, Never Fear, and in Hard, Fast and Beautiful. She also starred in a Broadway production of The Seven Year Itch.

Ms. Forrest married writer-producer Milo Frank in 1951. He died in 2004. - AP